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Talking to Canadians

And for those of you for whom that long interview on Strombo's show was not enough, here's even more footage of me talking (and talking, and talking, an even reading a bit) on my recent visit to Toronto.

These are from my appearance at the TIFF Lightbox, where I was interviewed by the delightful Terry Hart. I yakked so much we had to break this down into three parts.

Part, the First

Part, the Second

The final third also contains a taste of what's to come in the form of a short (very short) reading from THE WINDS OF WINTER. However, if you have not read up through A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, you may want to skip this. Spoilers lurk ahead.

Part, the Third



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Franny Bee
Mar. 17th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
George you were brilliant! It was an honour.
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
you're amazing!! mr.martin, when are you comingto mexico? you are dearly admired over here, and have tons of fans who would love to hear you talk about your work... also, thanks for the winds of winter sample. i must admit, i wasn't that fond of victarion once but he's grown on me, so this chapter was great :)
Mar. 17th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
You brilliant ;)
Roberto Costa
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Such an interesting interview. Mr. Martin, you have very interesting ideas and I am glad I am able to hear them. And to hear the chapter of Victarion by you! That was amazing. It seems that things are warming up in the Iron Fleet. Thank you so much for sharing all of this, you are a great author and person! :)
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
LOL i liked the part where you were like, "I wish I was as witty as Tyrion.... Wait, I am as witty as Tyrion, I wrote him!"

:D great interview!! and thanks for the spoiler alert.
"I don't really love fantasy, but i LOVE game of thrones"--me. Yeah, interesting >>>>>>> likable ; it's also fun to hate on characters :)

Edited at 2012-03-17 09:55 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Listening to you read that Victarion chapter made me realise how much I want the next book. Thanks for that. :P
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Any idea where one could find a copy of Last Defender of Camelot? I'm a big fan of what little Zelazny I've read and the appearance of "Tom" notwithstanding it sounds pretty good.

Also excited to be getting a map book! Any relation between this and the World of Ice and Fire book you're working on with the folks from westeros?
Mar. 18th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Two different projects.

THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE will have maps, but it will have a lot more besides -- histories, family trees, artwork, etc.

THE LANDS OF ICE & FIRE will just be maps. Very pretty maps, I think. But still just maps.
NESFA Press - parrismcb - Mar. 18th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Preben Lvenskjild
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
More candy please!
Great excerpt from The Winds of Winter, cant wait for the rest of it, hoping it wont be another 2-3 years for the rest of it ;-)
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Watching Rome is what made me have faith that HBO could do your books justice. I am rewatching it now!
You need to get Ray Stevenson or Kevin McKidd on the show in some capacity though, I think. I'm not sure who.
Michael Vella
Mar. 20th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: Rome
Ray Stevenson and Kevin McKidd. God how well they fit as Duck for Stevenson and Griff for McKidd. McKidd has such a hardened look that i imagined Griff would have after everything he went through. And when i picture Duck training with young Duck i picture the scene in Rome with Titus Polo (Ray Stevenson) and Augustus training.
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
So sad I missed it! But thanks a lot for those videos! Hope Lord Jon will live through Ghost.

P.S. My dauther Arya loves your books! ;-)

Edited at 2012-03-17 11:43 pm (UTC)
Shaun Tan
Mar. 18th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
Hope that was not a spoiler, christolitoris :(

Anyhow, we're awaiting you in New Zealand, Mr Martin!
Mar. 18th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
All the things you share are the very things I am paranoid about but you've given me hope and put me at ease.

Like names, they ARE very hard! I think I am like your friend you mention though, in that I can't name my characters until I know who they are, then I have to find the name that feels like them.

Also the "steal ideas" fear. I agree and figure if you have ideas for my book, feel free to write your own. ;)

Your mention of the fan that will be upset for killing off their favorite reminds me of that Steven King fan that breaks the writer's ankles! :O

I have to admit, your books are indeed torture for me, but still I cannot put them down.

I very much get your answers to the broad strokes of the journey but as you say it can morph at any point depending on the unplanned inspiration. Your work has done this for me and I deeply thank you.

I also love How to Train a Dragon...so I don't know where that puts me. :P

Best of everything to you!
Mar. 18th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
...btw, I've never heard a reading before by the author. That was awesome.
Mar. 18th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Outstanding interview! Very informative and fun! Hope you're able to make it to Australia some day!
Mar. 18th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Already scheduled. See the Appearances page on my website.
David Rosenblatt
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC)
Didn't like Thor, huh? Tsk tsk.....What didn't you like about it?
Mar. 18th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
Re: Thor
The story.

They would have done a lot better to stick to Stan Lee's original, with the lame doctor finding this stick in a cave... though I suppose I would not have minded them replacing the aliens with a better villian. Not Loki, though. That's a mistake too many superhero movies make -- they squeeze the hero's most iconic and important villain into the origin film, and then have no way to top him in the second movie, so they try to make it up by adding extra baddies. ALWAYS a mistake.
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